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Tuesday 05 May 2009

New to Camping at Warwick Castle

New to Camping at Warwick Castle

Warwick Castle will provide the picturesque backdrop for The Camping and Caravanning Club’s exciting New to Camping campaign later this month.

The medieval castle, which sits on a cliff overlooking a bend in the River Avon, was built by William the Conqueror in 1068 and is today one of Britain’s ultimate tourist attractions.

Warwick has over 62 acres of impressive landscaped gardens leading from the Castle down to the river and it is these facilities that The Camping and Caravanning Club will utilise to help launch its eagerly-anticipated nationwide initiative on Thursday, May 28.

National Camping and Caravanning Week (NCCW), which will run from Saturday, May 23 to Friday, May 29, together with the ‘New to Camping’ campaign, will engage the Club’s entire UK Site network in an attempt to raise even further the profile of camping and caravanning amongst the general public.

A comprehensive ‘New to Camping’ area within the Club’s official website to help get people started will also go live on Monday, May 18.

Matthew Eastlake, the Club’s Marketing & Communications Director, is thrilled to have struck up a partnership with the popular venue.

He said: “Warwick Castle is one of Britain’s most stunning event venues and we are delighted that they have allowed us to hold our exciting New to Camping launch within the grounds.

“Our Coventry-based headquarters are only a stone’s throw away from the Castle and it is pleasing to see two big community players working together to help people enjoy that outdoor adventure within the UK.”

Further details about the event will follow in due course.

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Editorial Notes:

  1. The Camping and Caravanning Club is 108-years-old and is the largest and oldest Club in the world for all forms of camping. It has 109 award-winning sites throughout the UK and, through a partnership with the Forestry Commission, Forest Holidays now runs a further 21 Camping and Caravanning and six Cabin Sites.
  2. National Camping and Caravanning Week (NCCW) was launched in 2001 by The Camping and Caravanning Club and will take place between May 23 and 29 this year. The aim of this week is to raise the profile of camping amongst the general public. Its timing is deliberate to coincide with the Spring Bank Holiday, traditionally one of the busiest camping weeks of the year.
  3. National awards include:
  • Which Motorcaravan Site of the Year runner up – Little Trethvas Farm CS
  • Practical Caravan 2009 Top 100 Parks Regional Winner (Scotland) – Lauder Club Site
  • Practical Caravan 2009 Top 100 Parks Regional Winner (north-east) – Bellingham Club Site
  • MMM 2009 Camping & Caravanning Site of the Year – Thetford Forest Club Site
  • Loo of the Year 2008, Delamont Country Park Club Site – Winner Holiday Parks category in Northern Ireland
  • David Bellamy Conservation Award 2008 Gold Award – Charmouth, Glencoe and Trewan Hall Club Sites
  • The Maison de la France Tour Operator Awards for Best Camping/Mobile Home Operator 2008 - Carefree Travel Service
  • Practical Motorhome 2007 Sovereign Awards – Carefree Travel Service awarded Gold Sovereign
  • Loo of the Year 2007, Milarrochy Bay Site - Winner Family Friendly Facilities in Scotland
  • Loo of the Year 2007, Kessingland Site - Winner Family Friendly Facilities in England
  • Loo of the Year 2007, Glencoe Site – Winner Camping and Touring or Static Caravan Sites category in Scotland

4. More information on Warwick Castle is available on their website